FIELD FACTS

Scottish Field - - SCOTTISH SUMMER BERRIES -

Over the ten years up to 2016 the out­put value of Scot­tish soft fruit has in­creased by £66 mil­lion to an es­ti­mated £115 mil­lion.

Straw­ber­ries ac­counted for £84 mil­lion, 73% of the over­all value of soft fruit.

Rasp­ber­ries ac­counted for £12 mil­lion, 10% of the over­all value of soft fruit.

In the ten years up to 2016 straw­berry pro­duc­tion has in­creased by 77% to 11,000 tonnes. The price of straw­ber­ries has also risen by 29% to £720 per tonne.

Tay­side has 70% of the land used for or­chard and soft fruit in Scot­land.

Grampian, Fife, the Scot­tish Bor­ders and the Loth­i­ans also pro­duce large quan­ti­ties of soft fruits.

The lat­est re­search by the James Hutton In­sti­tute shows ev­i­dence that polyphe­nols from berries can have a range of di­ges­tive benefits. This could prove ben­e­fi­cial to car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, weight man­age­ment and the con­trol of type-2 di­a­betes.

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